A 470 Year Old Conspiracy Theory?

Was Queen Elizabeth I really a man?

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. CSK says:

    Well, she was supposed to have had male lovers, notably the Earl of Essex. And one would think that her ladies-in-waiting and wardrobe mistress would have seen evidence of a menstrual cycle.

  2. Scott O says:

    Where’s the birth certificate?

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Wait…. Queen Elizabeth I was actually a black man with a funny sounding name, a father from Africa, who lived in Indonesia for a while? Wow.

  4. Anderson says:

    “Was Queen Elizabeth I really a man?”


  5. Franklin says:

    @Anderson: As I recall, that’s the correct answer to any headline that asks a question.

  6. Kari Q says:

    Of course not. Especially since she had a habit walking around partially disrobed in front of visiting dignitaries, who certainly would have noticed if her chest was not that of a woman.

  7. SC_Birdflyte says:

    If she had been a man, Henry VIII would have had only two wives.

  8. Dazedandconfused says:

    Not every body is sexually well defined. There is a certain type of “woman” that shares many of her reputed traits. The extremely long hands that she always had in her portraits is one of the features. Ann Coulter also has that, and so does the new woman’s basketball phenom, Griner, who has been pictured comparing hand size with Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Just about the same.